Composer's Heir Can Sue In 'Big Pimpin'' IP Suit: Judge

By Ben James (May 4, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT) -- The nephew of an Egyptian composer who wrote music allegedly sampled in the rap anthem "Big Pimpin'" has standing to pursue his copyright case against music mogul Jay-Z, Warner Music Inc. and others, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder granted in part and denied in part a partial summary judgment bid from plaintiff Osama Ahmed Fahmy, who claims he is a co-owner of the copyright for "Khosara, Khosara," which the plaintiff says his now-deceased uncle Baligh Hamdy composed sometime in the late 1950s.

Famhy launched his suit against Jay-Z — whose real name is Shawn...

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